The list for the Top 10 African players to have played for Barcelona or Real Madrid. These are top 10 rankings of all successful African Players to have either played for Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Top 10 African players to have played for Barcelona or Real Madrid
1. Samuel Eto’o– Not only is he among Africa’s best frontmen, however, considered one of the world’s finest strikers ever. The Indomitable Lion player led the line for 5 years at Barcelona FC, where he has a remarkable number of titles. In 232 games he played for Barcelona, he won 3 La Ligas, 2 Champions League titles,1 Copa del Rey as well as four other Spanish Cups.
He as well made crucial contributions at critical moments, and also stands alone as the most exceptional African player to play for either Barcelona or Real Madrid (where he also represented for a while at the start of his career).
2. Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast was a vital element of the Barcelona squad that had started to revolutionized just how football games were played around the world, winning the Uefa Champions League before leaving behind his teammates to enjoy more success without him. The Ivory Coast player was considered a more defensive player by his manager Pep Guardiola than he played at Manchester City, and played out in the holding role and also in the defense, that was where he won the Uefa Champions League medal in 2009.
The4 time African Player of the Year was among the primary inspirations behind Man-City’s current rise to power, even though he departed from Manchester City under something of a cloud before beginning of the season. He was of late with Olympiakos of Greece.
3. Michael Essien of Ghana: A legend at Chelsea Football Club, where he scored seventeen goals in 168 appearances as well as received numerous silverware, Essien was transferred to Real Madrid on loan for a season in the year 2012.
By then, personal injuries had caused some damages, even though his class still persuaded Jose Mourinho that he might be a resource at the Bernabeu. At 36, Micheal Essien is also clubless after departing from Indonesian side Persib Bandung not quite long.
4. Seydou Keita of Mali is among the most decorated African footballers in history, and also he absolutely accomplished significant success in Spain.
He departed Barcelona after 4 years, having picked up fourteen trophies under Pep Guardiola and he has been commended to the hilt by his ex-manager, who has long seen the Milian Midfielder as an important part of his fantastic side. He is nevertheless without a club after departing El Jaish in the year 2017.
5. Geremi Njitap of Cameroon won 2 Premier League under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea FC, to boost his great honors haul won with Madrid.
A hardworking player, the ex- Newcastle United midfielder was never a real Galactico at Real Madrid. However, his approach and also leadership competencies still set him apart, particularly during 2 Uefa Champions League triumphs.
6. Mahamadou Diarra of Mail doesn’t always get the credit he should get for the constant value he brought to the desk at Real Madrid all through his time at the Club.
Between the year 2002 and also 2008, the Malian footballer won 6 successive league titles with Olympique Lyonnais and Real Madrid, assisting the Los Blancos in ending a 4 year trophy drought with their championship triumph in the year 2006. Diarra was good at positioning, alertness and sharp tackling.
7. Emmanuel Adebayor of Togo has been a fan most liked player at every club he has played at. However, Adebayor is as well known for his debatable and controversial nature, and sometimes it has overshadowed his brilliance at a few European giants. Adebayor made over 140 appearances for the Gunners managing sixty-two goals, of which thirty of the goal came in the 2007/2008 season, which continues to be his best campaign.
His magnificence flickered at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, however, he never really looked the part during a short loan spell with Real Madrid in 2011. He is presently at Super Lig side Istanbul Basaksehir.
8. Emmanuel Amunike of Nigeria: In his playing time, the present Tanzania manager was a glittering Wideman who really enjoyed gloomy fortune at Barcelona, where personal injuries destroyed his career at the club. He was 1994 African Footballer of the Year having scored two times in the African Cup of Nation final that year as Nigeria conquered Zambia, as well as clinched honors in Egypt, Poland and in his homeland.
However, in spite of a clutch of honors picked up with Barcelona, it is appealing to beg the question, what might Emmanuel Amunike have grown to be had those injuries not captured him?
9. Alex Song of Cameroon was transferred the season he began to shine, to Spain to join Barcelona from the Gunners (Arsenal). The box to box Cameroonian midfielder was a key player for Arsene Wenger’s side. However it never quite worked out for Alex Song in the Spanish League, and afterward, he eventually came back to The united kingdom on loan at West Ham United.
He presently plays for Switzerland club side Sion following a spell with Rubin Kazan, and also it is safe to state that his professional career has not lived up to the early on promise of his pre-Barca times.
10. Mutiu Adepoju of Nigeria was a gifted, adaptable footballer who really enjoyed a good career in Spain after signing up with Real Madrid from Julius Berger in the year 1989. He played regularly for “Madrid” B team throughout his 3-year stint in the Los Blancos but did not get promoted to the senior squad.
Mr. Adepoju would enjoy greater fame with the likes of Real Sociedad and Racing and was a vital element in Nigeria’s Golden Era of the mid-1990s. Adepoju represented Nigeria senior National team (Super eagle) at 3 World Cups and also won the African Nations Cup in the year 1994.